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Lexus LX

LX570 (Mk2)

Lexus logo1 Apr 2008

By LUCIANO PAOLINO

ON SALE in Australia from April 10, when it became only the second generation of the most capable Lexus off-roader ever, the all-new LX570 is based on parent company's Toyota's redesigned 200 Series LandCruiser.

Bringing more technology, refinement, safety and performance, as well as being bigger and more expensive, the new 2.75-tonne LX is powered by a new 270kW/530Nm 5.7-litre alloy V8, matched with the LandCruiser's new six-speed automatic transmission - easily eclipsing the relatively paltry 170kW and 410Nm outputs of the previous LX470's cast-iron 4.7-litre V8.

The 90-degree 32-valve V8 is the largest-displacement engine ever fitted to a Lexus, returns claimed average fuel consumption of 14.8 litres/100km (an eight per cent improvement on the LX470's16.1L/100km) and hauls the 2740kg LX to 100km/h in a claimed 7.8 seconds – making it significantly quicker than the LX470's 12.0s.

The new LX improves the LandCruiser 200's new double-wishbone front, live-axle rear all-coil suspension by offering new four-wheel hydro-pneumatic technology with improved Adaptive Variable Suspension(AVS) three-mode damping adjustment and Active Height Control (AHC) spring-control systems as standard, along with the ground-breaking Crawl Control off-road cruise control system fitted as standard to petrol 200s. Ground clearance is a generous 225mm.

As well as electronic stability control and multi-terrain ABS, the LX offers the same 10-airbag safety protection that's offered in the LandCruiser from the mid-range VX grade upwards (up from six in the LX470), including twin full-length side curtain airbags.

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